Microfinance investments in quality at private clinics in Uganda: a case-control study
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Citation:Eric E. Seiber and Amara L. Robinson, "Microfinance investments in quality at private clinics in Uganda: a case-control study," BMC Health Services Research 7 (2007), doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-168, http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/7/168
Background: Small private-sector health care providers can play an important role in meeting the developing country health care needs, but a lack of credit can prove major constraint to small-provider expansion. This study examines the potential of small, microfinance loans to strengthen the private health sector and improve access to quality preventive and curative health services in Uganda. Methods: This study estimates logistic regressions using 2,387 client exit interviews to assess the impact of microfinance loans on perceived quality and the viability and sustainability of small, private clinics. Results: The study finds perceived quality improved with loan recipients' clients being more likely to choose clinics on the basis of drug availability, fair charges, cleanliness, and confidentiality. In addition, the assessment found evidence of increased client flows, but the changes produced mixed results for sustainability with respondents being only half as likely to "always" visit a particular clinic. Conclusion: The results indicate that the microfinance program improved perceived quality at loan recipient clinics, especially as reliable drug outlets.
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